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Jul 28, 2009 03:33 PM

HELP: If you could Eat ANYTHING...

If you were in Manhattan for just one day and you could eat anything, no alergies, no expense and no real sense of fullness, where would you HAVE to go?

I'm going to be in NYC in a few weeks and I want to savour the best of Manhattan.

So I have room for:
1) Breakfast
2) Snack
3) Lunch
4) Afternoon Treat
5) Dinner
6) Drink
7) Late night indulgence
8) Food to take home with you...

Where would you go? You can only make one pick for each category. I don't care if it's pricy, trendy, fancy or a guy selling pretzels on the corner...I'll take it. I was leaning toward a really elegant and decadent dinner, but i'll take a more casual one if the food is better.

Places NOT to include are: Momofuku, Babo, Katz's, Carnegie, Lombardis, Del Posto, Fiamma, Balthaza, China Grill, Avalon and loads more that i can't recall but that you probably wont put on this list anyway!


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  1. I think that the foie gras appetizer at Gotham Bar would make a find afternoon treat or late night indulgence.

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    1. 1) Breakfast: bagel w/ smoked gaspe salmon from Russ&Daughters
      2) snack: salt-baked squid from NY Noodletown
      3) lunch: sauteed lobsters w/ XO sauce from Cantoon Garden
      4) afternoon treat: Grand Central Oyster Bar, raw oysters and wine
      5) dinner: mutton chop from Keens
      6) drink: wine at Tia Pol, with some fried chickpeas and marinated shark
      7) late night: more wine at Scarpetta w/ an aspargus soup, a black cod entree, and/or dessert
      8) food to take home: guizhou spicy chicken and cold cucumber from Grand Sichuan to eat on the airplane

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      1. re: Simon

        Huddling under the Scarpetta umbrella with Simon, except that I'd just want to finish off my night with more wine and an order of the polenta.

      2. 1) Breakfast

        If it's a Sunday, the Sunday brunch at Aquavit. Other days, latkes and chopped liver from 2nd Ave. Deli.

        2) Snack

        green tea ice from Minamoto Kitchoan

        3) Lunch

        Yasuda omakase

        4) Afternoon Treat

        choux from the Choux Factory

        5) Dinner

        Soto or tasting menu at WD 50

        6) Drink

        bartender's choice at Little Branch

        7) Late night indulgence

        gyro and chicken with rice platter from the S.W. corner of 53rd and 6th Ave. halal vendor

        8) Food to take home with you...

        smoked fish from Russ & Daughters

        1. Breakfast: Pancakes (blueberry) and biscuit/tomato jam/cheese/bacon sandwich at Clinton Street Baking Company.

          Snack: Late morning Shack burger at Shake Shack with a side of custard (hopefully salted caramel is the flavor of the day)

          Lunch: Long lazy lunch with lots of cava at Casa Mono - foie gras, sweetbreads, etc.

          Afternoon Treat: pizza at Patsy's in East Harlem or the gnocchi at Hearth, sitting at the bar (early evening)

          Dinner: Fried chicken and waffles at Amy Ruth's, or maybe the halal cart at 53rd and 6th, then stop into WD-50 and have their dessert tasting menu.

          Drinks: A few hours at the bar of Death & Co or sitting at the bar at Milk & Honey

          Late night indulgence: deep fried hot dog with jalapeno, cucumber, and onion wrapped in bacon from Crif Dogs

          Food to take home with you: donuts from Donut Plant, cupcakes from Sage, chocolates from Kees, olive oil cookies from Abraco, vacuum sealed pastrami from Katz's, fruit focaccia/brioche/chocolate bread from Balthazar Bakery

          1. 1) Breakfast: Everything bagel with nova at Barney Greengrass
            2) Snack: Morcilla, alcapurria and costillas from Cuchifritos
            3) Lunch: Yasuda omakase (if cimui wouldn't mind making room at the bar for me)
            4) Afternoon treat: Dobostorte and Viennese coffee at Demel or Sabarsky
            5) Dinner: Gourmand menu with pairings at Eleven Madison Park
            6) Drink: Angel's share and there'd be no line
            7) Late night indulgence: steak tartare, oysters and champagne at Employees Only. Who am I kidding? We'd probably get cocktails, too.
            8) Food to take home: Fuqi feipian from Grand Sichuan for the plane ride; Kee's chocolates and the stock at Russ and Daughters for gifts.

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            1. re: JungMann

              Yasuda omakase as mentioned above...

              1. re: JungMann

                I'd save you a seat at Yasuda for sure -- especially if you let me join you at Employee's Only. :)